Working closely with other campus groups, Information Technology keeps Central Michigan University running smoothly.
IT configures applications, provides program enhancements and interfaces, implements new features and forms, designs end-user programs, and, in some cases, provides Training
for the following specialized campus resources:
- Shared Storage
- Backup Services
The main machine room contains approximately 170 rack-mounted servers. The majority of these are Pentium Xeon based machines that run Windows Server. IT also supports various UNIX platforms and applications. Primary Hardware vendors include HP.
The primary server operating systems and support programs are:
- Windows 2008 / 2012
- Microsoft SQL Server
The primary server applications are:
Direct Access Storage
- Payroll/Personnel System (SAP)
- Financial Accounting System (SAP)
- Workforce Management (Timelink)
- Tivoli Storage Manager
- eSupport Essentials
- Systems Management Server
- Web services
- Student Life Cycle Management (SAP)
OIT operates two NetApp enterprise Storage Systems with a combined storage capacity of 50TB. Additionally, IT maintains both public and isolated iSCSI storage supporting over 1PB of raw storage.
CMU utilizes three different products to protect its data assets. On the desktop, Altiris is used to back up approximately 1000 Windows desktops. In the server environment, Tivoli Storage Manager is used for physical system backup and Veeam is used for virtual machine backup. All three systems utilize a 100% disk back end to ensure high-speed operation. Additionally TSM provides for offsite vaulting of key data.